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Heavy rain forecast to continue into Friday

2012/08/02 21:24:47

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Saola is likely to continue Thursday night, especially in northern and central Taiwan, but the wet weather could begin to ease off by midday Friday as the storm weakens, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

As of 7:00 p.m., Saola was centered 60 kilometers north of Taipei, moving at a speed of 15 km per hour in a northwesterly direction. Its maximum sustained winds were 101 kph, with gusts of up 126 kph.

Saola has been weakening since it made a second landfall in northeastern Taiwan at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, but chances are high that the torrential rain will continue throughout the night because the storm's outer rim is still well-defined, the bureau said.

The land warning for the storm may be lifted Friday morning at the earliest as the outer bands move away from Taiwan's main island, the weather bureau said.

Saola has brought extreme rainfall across Taiwan, with several areas in the north and northeast of the country recording more than 1,000 mm over the past three days, the bureau said.

As of 7:50 p.m., the storm had dumped 1,782.5 mm of rain on Taiping Mountain in Yilan Country, the highest accumulated volume in the country, while Taichung City and Hsinchu County had each received 1,100 mm of rain, the weather bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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